Latha Raju is a prominent Indian playback singer and film actress, who acted in many Malayalam films during the 60s to 70s. She was born in Kochi, Kerala in India and the only daughter of the late playback singer, Santha P. Nair and the late radio dramatist, K. Padmanabhan Nair. Latha is a post graduate in Master of Arts. She has worked at Akashvani-Doordarshan, Chennai as the Director of Marketing in the year 2011 and she continues to work as a consultant in the same post. She got married to Malayalam film singer and music composer, J. M. Raju, and they have two children namely Aalap Raju Aalap Raju is an eminent playback singer and a mel >> Read More... (who is also a playback singer) and Anupama. She and her husband have done over 1000 stage performances internationally.

Latha used to go with her mother when doing rehearsals. South Indian music director, M. B. Sreenivasan, who composed the music in the 1962 Malayalam film, Snehadeepam, heard her while rendering a Mukesh song and suggested to the film’s producer and director, P. Subramaniam, that it will better if a child will sing for a child. So, Latha bags her very first song in the film entitled Onnaamtharam, which was composed by P. Bhaskaran. The song was picturised on Baby Vinodini, who played as Usha in the film.

In the same year, she sang Thaatheyyam Kaattile, which was picturised on Kamal Haasan Kamal Haasan is the most versatile actor that Indi >> Read More... (as a child actor) on his Malayalam debut film, Kannum Karalum. After this, there is no looking back. Whenever the producers and directors would picturise a song to a child in their films, they will go to Latha’s house. Some of her famous Malayalam performances include Pinchuhridayam and Manjakkilee Swarnakkilee for Sethubandhanam in 1974; Ividathe Chechikku for Azhakulla Saleena in 1973; Aaluvaappuzhakkakare for Aadhyathe Katha in 1972; and Chippee Chippee Muthuchippee for Aranaazhikaneram in 1970. Latha also rendered songs in Kannada, Tamil and Tulu and has dubbed for many actresses like Shobha, Suhasini and Shobhana.

She also dubbed for Sumithra for M. T. Vasudevan Nair’s Malayalam film, Nirmalyam in 1973, was applauded by the National Award-winning actor, P. J. Antony, who played the main lead role in the film and the director himself. Besides singing, she also acted in films like Kannu Karalum, Moodupadam, Kadathukaran, Chemmeen, Mister Kerala, Priya, Achante Bharya, Niramala, Ahalya, Pratheyka Divasam and many more. During the mid-90s, she got involved in home productions. In 2008, Latha won the prestigious Kerala Sangeetha Nataka Akademi Awards.

P. Jayachandran Malayalam Actor

P. Jayachandran

P. Jayachandran is a South Indian playback singer. Often, he is also affectionately called the Bhava Gayakan in the industry. This singer had worked in close collaboration with A R Rahman and even Illayaraja. With Illaryaraja, he had given numerous popular hits in Tamil movies, and he even sang a Hindi song for an A R Rahman’s composition. For a Malayalam movie’ Pennpada’ that released in 1975, a song that he had sung is considered to the first composition of A R Rahaman. This singer also had given his voice for music composer M S Viswanathan, who is also known as ‘Mellisai Mannar’ in Tamil cinema. In 1985. He is also one -time National award winner for playback in the year 1986. In Tamil cinema, he has rendered some soulful numbers such as ‘Raasaathi Unna‘ for the film like ‘Vaidhegi Kaathirundhaal’ and "Mayanginen Solla Thayanginen’ for film 'Naane Raja Naane Manthiri’. There are numerous melodious tune of Ilayaraja in which he has given his golden voice.    This playback singer can catch the notes of Mridangam, and this could be the reason why he was a favourite for Illaryaraja. He has mastered the art of playing Mridangam at a younger age. He cruised his way to perfection due to a support of his mother Subhadra Kunjamma, who was a great music lover, and her inspiration had paved the way for P Jayachandran to blossom into a playback artist in no time. He has also sung a Hindi song with Bollywood’s most prolific singer Alka Yagnik. He has recorded songs in Malayalam, Tamil, Kannada, Telugu and Hindi languages. He is of an opinion that nowadays songs in movies do not even suit the situation and has just become a venue for business. New generation songs will not remain in public hear and go off without creating any milestone in the music world. He also felt only better writers and musicians can pull back the music industry from this bad phase now.

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